Reading these stories of being at Summerhill I realise just how truly libertarian the place is.
Do as you please, as long as you\’re not buggering it up for anyone else.
Even so, I got a book flung at me for talking in class by our inspirational English teacher, an ex-army man. \”You don\’t have to come,\” he said, \”but if you do, you must not spoil it for others.\”
I\’m sure there are certain libertarians who would be unhappy to be compared to the hippies (even if 1920s style hippies) at Summerhill and it would, of course, give the screaming abdabs to the hippies to be told that they were libertarians.
But it really does strike me that that\’s what they\’re running there, a libertarian society in microcosm.
What\’s really sad about the observation is of course that those who advocate such teaching methods (which have certainly migrated into parts of the standard primary school these days, play directed teaching etc) are exactly those who are adamant that it\’s entirely impossible for the larger society to be run on the same grounds.
Do as you please as long as you\’re not buggering it up for anyone else.